Let's get this thread going, we all know that we've encountered this problem, not having an ingredient for our recipes. Now, we post what could be used instead of that.
I'll start- what's a cheap non-alchoholic alternative for beer? I came across this scandinavian recipe and it got me going, but the problem is that I'm a minor, and I can't use beer.
Here's the recipe, if you're curious.
Sailors' Beef - A Scandinavian Recipe for Sailor's Beef Stew